Help your child organize her jewelry with this innovative bracelet holder made from recycled materials. This nifty organizer also makes a great gift!
What You Do:
- Explain to your child that she'll be making a bracelet holder to help organize her jewelry. It could also be a holder for hair bands, watches, or even necklaces.
- The empty cardboard tube should be the height of one paper towel roll, so if you are using a tube from a roll of gift wrap, you’ll want to help your child cut the tube to the right size.
- Let your child paint the tube, decorating it with acrylic paints and paintbrushes. Alternatively, she could use markers, crayons, and stickers to decorate.
- If she wants, she could also sprinkle glitter onto wet glue blobs and designs to add “sparkle” to her jewelry holder. If you're using paints, let them dry before adding glue and glitter.
- After the tube has been decorated, give your child some sticky putty to put around the bottom edge of the cardboard tube.
- Sticky putty will attach the tube to a base, the middle of a paper plate or paper bowl. Press down gently on the top of the cardboard tube to help seal it to the base.
- Your child may decide she also wants to decorate the paper plate or bowl base of her holder to give the holder a cohesive "look."
When you're all finished, put some bracelets and hair bands around the tube, piling them up towards the top. The base of the paper plate or bowl is also convenient for storing jewelry or hair accessories that won’t fit around the tube, such as rings or barrettes.
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.